Registration for Summer 2018 Adult Continuing Education Courses is Now Open! 

NEW: Register online or download the Adult Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form and do one of the following:

  • Email it to
  • Fax it to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603


We believe meaning and making are inseparable. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) noncredit courses and certificate programs reflect SAIC’s educational philosophy, adapted for the adult learner.

Explore new subjects, learn new skills, or refresh existing ones in our state-of-the-art facilities and studios. Experiment with new modes of creative production, including laser cutting and 3D printing, or find inspiration with access to the Fashion Resource Center, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Video Data Bank.

Pursue your creative vision under the guidance of our instructors, comprised of practicing artists, designers, and scholars. Learn with and from your peers as you develop and strengthen your creative and critical abilities, and produce work based on your personal research and interests.


Figure Drawing for Illustration #1211
Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
May 29-August 4
This course helps students develop illustration skills with an emphasis on the body, gesture, and proportion. Working from a live clothed model, students are taught how to express the mood and texture of a wide variety of clothing fabrics, and how to communicate fashion design concepts with style and expression. This class is suited for illustration students and ideal for those specifically interested in fashion illustration.

Introduction to Oil Painting #1222
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
June 2-August 4
This course introduces the materials, methods, and tools of oil painting while students develop observational painting skills. Demonstrations on stretching a canvas, laying out a palette, working with various paint application techniques, and color mixing provide students with the fundamentals of the medium and a strong foundation for future coursework.

Urban Photography #1187

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
June 2-August 4
This topical photography course includes historical investigation and shooting assignments related to the theme of urban life and urban spaces. The focus will be on exploring the architecture and urban topologies of Chicago in order to develop new and unique ways to represent city life through digital photography. Students will capture urban images both in and outside of class and look at a wide variety of historical examples to help develop and further expand their photographic practices. Slide lectures, discussions, and individual and group reviews are included. Students must provide their own digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with manual functions; no point-and-shoot cameras. Prerequisite(s): Digital Photography 1 or equivalent experience.

Digital Photo 1 #1200
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
June 3-August 5
This course focuses on the foundations of photography and the various ways to use a digital camera. Students examine how to choose and shoot subjects that are both personally meaningful in content and contemporary in context. Instruction includes capturing and printing images in both black and white and color, and investigating digital photo editing. Discussions on the history of photography and individual and group critiques are included. Students must provide their own digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with manual functions; no point-and-shoot cameras.

Professional Practices #1204

Mondays, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
June 4-August 5
Want to develop a proposal for a grant, or apply for a residency, exhibition, curatorial project, or graduate school? This is the course for you! Learn how to write an artist statement, document and present your work, organize and archive work samples, and utilize resources in Chicago and beyond. Upon completion, students will have a competitive advantage when it comes to securing new opportunities in today's contemporary art world. Students should also be advised that there is a digital component to the course and those requirements will be explained the first time the class meets.

Adobe Illustrator #1483
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
July 10-August 13
Students with basic graphic design skills and prior Adobe Illustrator experience explore uses of the application to create sophisticated designs and illustrations. Beginning with a review of important functions and tools, demonstrations and in-class projects present more advanced topics including transparency, feathering, masking, compound paths, gradients, layering techniques, and the specifics of the pen tool. Attention will be given to exporting files to other applications and platforms including, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and the web. Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Graphic Design or equivalent experience.

International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in our Continuing Studies programs. However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in nondegree Continuing Studies programs and courses.

Continuing Studies—International Students [PDF]